DJ: Davy Sims

Davy Sims is a multi-award winning media producer from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who specialises in radio and web.

Starting his career in 1979 at Downtown Radio he became known for supporting new bands including some who would become the best known in punk and new wave. He went on to develop and produce The Bottom Line on BBC Radio Ulster, 30+ years later still broadcasting as Across the Line. He also held senior production positions in London on BBC Radio 1, the national popular music station for younger people, and Radio 4 the speech-based station.

In 1999 Davy was the first producer in BBC NI's Online service going on to be Editor New Media until 2008 leading the production team making content for web, mobile, interactive TV and digital communities.

Since leaving the BBC, Davy has been a lecturer in radio production, and online analytics in Dublin Business School, has worked with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland on their Sound and Vision scheme. He spent time in Slovenia occasionally lecturing and working on digital tourism. He returns there as often as possible (to do as little as possible).

His travels introduced him to music he didn’t usually hear – first from the Balkans and now from anywhere and everywhere. This led to a weekly radio show playing music from around the world. The show is a mix of passion, work and hobby and is carried by five radio stations in Northern Ireland. (It is also available without charge to any station that wants to carry it.)

He still maintains a passion of music from Northern Ireland & Ireland and currently is a member of the Belfast Music steering group helping the city’s application to join the UNESCO City of Music network.

Davy still holds a training and consulting brief with community and voluntary organisations developing media skills and podcast production.

He is director of two recent start-ups, Belfast DAB Plus and Enterprise Media Ireland, as well as being a director of Argyle Business Centre for more than 10 years.

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